AN: This one was more of a struggle than I had anticipated. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to let me know. 🙂
End of Chapter 7
She started to drift as she relaxed enjoying the newfound sensations that Eric’s blood awakened in her. With one last thought to Eric, she wondered who the hell the human woman was.
It was mid-day when Sookie began to stir. She rolled onto her back and began to stretch with her arms reaching well over her head. It felt good to stretch. Her eyes remained closed as her senses awakened. ‘Mmmmm….’, a part of her didn’t want to get up since she was so comfortable, but she needed to eat something. She hadn’t eaten since lunch the day before and as good as she felt, she was famished.
Sookie sat on the edge of the bed taking a moment to get her bearings. Looking down at the floor, she couldn’t help but notice how dirty she was. In spite of her stomach growling, she considered taking a quick shower. Knowing it was still daylight based on the time, she figured she didn’t have to worry about running into her newfound nocturnal friend.
She rose and walked around the room spying a dresser. Feeling a little naughty, she, tentatively, pulled open a drawer hoping that she might find something to change into after her shower. Disappointed, the first drawer was empty. She opened another drawer and hit pay dirt. She found several shirts —some t-shirts and some long sleeved dress shirts. As she shook one loose, she knew these belonged to Eric. They were large enough to easily land just above her knees. Opening the one remaining drawer, she found underwear and socks. Eying a pair of boxer briefs, she decided she could wear them just like a pair of short. And with the addition of socks, things were looking good.
Off to take her shower, she purred when the warm water hit her skin. There was nothing like a nice hot shower to feel rejuvenated. Thankfully, there was soap and shampoo in the stall. She didn’t quite know if vampires showered, washed their faces, or brushed their teeth, so she was pleasantly surprised by all of the amenities. ‘I suppose they must get dirty and more likely bloody’, she frowned.
She grabbed a bottle of shampoo off of a small shelf in the shower, opened the lid, and cautiously gave a little sniff. The smell was woodsy and masculine and, even though it wasn’t anywhere close to her usual citrusy fragrances, she found that she liked it. Hair washed and body scrubbed, she dried off and dressed. It was a funky outfit, but it covered everything that should be covered. Lord knows she had worn less sunbathing. The awkwardness she initially felt while digging through his drawers and using his toiletries disappeared when she remembered that he had brought her there and was holding her captive. Seriously, what was he gonna do?
Making it to the kitchen, she started to rummage through the cabinets hoping to find something to quell her hunger. She ate the few crackers she found as she moved her way to the refrigerator. She could only hope that there would be something to eat, but she didn’t have high hopes. Opening the door, she was surprised when she found a bowl of fresh strawberries. They were beautiful and big and they looked juicy. Not waiting to remove the bowl, she leaned in and quickly put a strawberry in her mouth. Oh, it was good. It was as sweet as it had looked. She filled her mouth with another.
She continued to eat them straight out of the bowl until she heard a noise behind her. Keeping her hand on the open refrigerator door, she quickly turned surprised to see Eric standing there watching her. Feeling self-conscious, she inched the refrigerator door closer to her in a vain attempt to create a barrier between them. Continuing to back into the refrigerator until she could go no further, she cried “Eric! God, you scared me!” Clutching the fabric of her shirt, she tried to calm the pounding in her chest. “What are you doing up? It’s still daylight.”
She could see the hunger in Eric’s eyes, as her question went unanswered. All she received in response was a small smile. Suddenly feeling like the prey of a lion, regal and graceful, she saw him slowly stalk towards her. Sliding from behind the refrigerator door, she made an attempt to put more distance between them. However, in a blink of an eye, she was caged between his arms and the counter. She put both hands out to stop his progress, but the minute her hands touched his chest she felt a charge that ran from her fingers, through her arms landing right into her heart. She gasped, never drawing her eyes from where her hands met his chest. A moment later she attempted to pull away, but Eric grabbed her hands and placed them back against his chest. This time she felt a slight tingling and a flutter that traveled down her body.
Raising her eyes, she was met with his own looking intently back at her. His hands released hers and slowly slid down the length of her arms reaching her shoulders and up the back of her neck. Several caresses later, his hands traveled down her back until they reached her hips. He lifted her up and gently sat her on the counter as he positioned himself between her legs. With a soft inhale of breath, she reached back to steady herself against the cold tile of the counter she was perched on. The knuckles of his right hand gently caressed the side of her face and she couldn’t help but close her eyes and lean into it. His left hand explored the curve of her right hip, moving to the outside of her thigh to the back of her knee, and with a firm lift he pulled her forward until they were flush. Sookie’s breath hitched. Eric leaned forward and slowly brushed his lips back and forth against hers. The tip of his tongue gave a quick swipe of her upper lip and Sookie moaned and softly said “Eric”.
She couldn’t stop the sounds escaping her mouth. She enjoyed the feel of his lips and of his tongue, so she pressed forward and captured his lips between hers. Their kiss was soft and sweet, and when she retreated, she took his bottom lip with her.
With that, his eyes snapped open. She was staring at him, his lip now firmly secured between her teeth. She felt powerful. He brought out the aggression in her and she liked the way it made her feel. Her hands were in his hair and pulling back she finally released his lip and could see that it was plump and red. Smiling, she slowly leaned forward and gave him the softest kiss. She wanted to be tender where she had been brutal.
Warmly nursing his lips, she deepened the kiss, her tongue brushing up against his. God, he tasted so good. She wanted more and didn’t think she could get enough. She felt his hands tighten around her and it excited her. She was so small pressed against his large body and she couldn’t help but feel safe and protected. Her lust continued to increase, but there was something else — something unfamiliar, but something that felt right. With that last thought she let her hands wander down and just as she reached his waistband she heard a banging.
‘KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK’…the sound grew louder. She startled and threw herself upright in the bed. ‘KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK’
‘Oh dear lord’ she thought to herself. Her heart was racing and she couldn’t help the embarrassment she felt at the realism of her dream. Good god, she had felt every bit of it and she couldn’t deny the physical remnants of it. ‘KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK’…”Sookie?”
Working to calm herself, she answered “Ye…yes? I’ll be right there.” She jumped out of bed attempting to right herself. She smoothed down her clothes, wriggling in her pants to compensate for her current state.
She made her way to the door finding Eric as she opened it. “What time is it?”
“It’s about 4 o’clock. It’ll be dark soon and we have many things to do tonight.”
“Wait…if it’s daylight how are you up?”
“I don’t know what, if anything, you know about vampires, but we do not stand at attention when the sun rises, nor do we drop ’dead’ when the sun sets. I can remain awake during the day. I may get what we call ‘the bleeds’ if I’m up too long, but I assure you, I can go several days without rest before I weaken significantly.”
“Oh…okay. And there’s no need to be a smartass. I didn’t even know vampires existed before last night so you could cut me a break.” Eric merely nodded in response.
She continued, “Well, I’d really like to take a shower before we start, if that’s okay. I’m feeling grungy..”
“Among other things” Eric interrupted quietly.
“Nothing. Yes, go take your shower. I am finding you…quite ripe.” he said with a smile.
“Hey! That was uncalled for.”
“My apologies, dear Sookie. Please…feel free to take a shower and avail yourself of anything you find. I believe Pam may have left some clothes here. I’m sure she won’t mind you borrowing whatever you find that fits.”
They just stood in the doorway staring at each other. Something told Sookie that she was missing something. That coupled with standing in front of the object of her dream was disquieting, so with that, she gave her thanks and closed the door as she mumbled to herself.. “increased libido, my ass”.
Eric, on the other hand, was enjoying her range of emotions. Prior to knocking, he had stood outside her door listening to the sounds coming from her room and enjoying her feelings. He hadn’t been entirely forthcoming when he spoke of the side effects of his blood, but he could rationalize the omissions. From his point of view, it served no purpose for her to know that he could sense her emotions or locate her if she ran. He didn’t trust easily and he didn’t trust her…not yet, anyway. He simply added insurance to their budding partnership.
Standing on the other side of the door, his senses awakened. He could hear the soft moans emanating from his little blond fairy. The quickening of her heartbeat let him know that she was having a very good dream, indeed, but it was the way she said his name that filled his chest with…with something….something indescribable…. and something he had no desire to explore.
Choosing to ignore his own feelings, he couldn’t help but enjoy how flustered she was when she opened the door. She wore a slight blush that looked particularly alluring on her. Oh, yes…he could get lost in her, but he dare not. There was too much unknown and it was clear there were forces to be dealt with, so he would have to make do with standing on the periphery and hope that her dreams did him justice.
Eric was not one to shy away from heralding his physical attributes. He was a rarity in that he did not suffer delusions of grandeur. No, Eric Northman, was true to his word and he learned much in his thousand years. Not only was he physically remarkable, he knew how to use his body for pleasure and he took pride in that. One day he hoped to show Sookie Stackhouse exactly what he was capable of.
Rummaging through the drawers, Sookie found some women’s clothes. Any one of the t-shirts would fit, but the pants were going to be on the long side. She guessed this ‘Pam’ was quite a bit taller than she was. Tall like Eric. She didn’t like the thought of that. She also didn’t like the thought of Pam keeping her clothes in Eric’s home. She felt jealousy for this mysterious woman and it irked her.
Finishing up her shower, she changed and made her way out to the living room. Eric was sitting at the table with his laptop while talking on the phone. He raised a finger to silence her. Complying, she sat down across from him and waited for his conversation to end. She couldn’t understand it, as he was speaking another language, but she could hear something akin to regret in the tone of his voice.
Quickly changing demeanor, Eric ended the call and closed his laptop. “Sookie, we’ll be leaving soon. We have someone to meet. Someone who is much more familiar with the old stories than I. Why don’t you go to the kitchen and find something to eat. I’m sure there’s something that Pam has stocked that you’ll find to your liking. Go…go quickly. We’ll leave as soon as the sun sets.” With that he walked away to his room.
‘Hmpf’….Pam has clothes, Pam has food. She was really getting tired of hearing the name ‘Pam’. Pam, Pam, Pam….Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. She sighed and grudgingly did as he asked finding cheese and crackers to munch on to sate her hunger.
Meeting again in the living room, Sookie asked where they were going.
“We are going to meet someone very important. With his help, I’m hoping we can piece together more information regarding the light and your heritage. The arrival of the light seems to substantiate the old stories. And I believe that the light we saw last night is the same or similar to one that destroyed an entire community of vampires and werewolves millennia ago. We’ll need to muster resources, since you may not be the only target. Its presence is a danger to all of our existence.”
“Eric, this all sounds so crazy. I’m just a waitress in a small bar from a small town. There is nothing special about me. Don’t get me wrong, I want to help…really I do, but I don’t know how I can be of any help to you.”
Eric laughed. “You silly, silly girl. Have I not told you that you are special. Not only are you special, but you are spectacularly special. What you are is rare. Even in the supernatural community, no one speaks of fairies. Believe or don’t believe, but you will be coming with me.”
“Sure…we agreed. I just don’t understand, but, yeah, I’ll come. So who is the person we’re going to see?”
“Godric…his name is Godric.”